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The International Maritime Organization start an audit of Ukraine, - Volodymyr Omelyan

11 June 2018, 12:10

Today, on June 11, 2018, the International Maritime Organization start an audit of Ukraine. This is an important stage in the development of our maritime country and another step towards strengthening relations between Ukraine and IMO. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine stated the above during the meeting with the IMO auditors.

The purpose of the audit is to verify that Ukraine fulfills international obligations in the field of maritime safety as a port state, a flag state and a coastal state.

Volodymyr Omelyan stressed that the successful passing of an audit is important not only for the Ministry of Infrastructure but also for the Government: "We understand that the audit result will affect not only the port area, but also many related industries. The Ministry of Infrastructure prepare for an audit with maximum responsibility. I hope that the audit will take place in a friendly atmosphere, our experts will demonstrate the ability of our state to fulfill international obligations, and auditors will objectively certify that Ukraine is a maritime state with a great potential for development ".

Representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the State Service for Transport Safety, the State Agency for Fisheries, as well as enterprises, institutions, organizations are involved in the process for the successful passing by Ukraine IMO audit.

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On May 18, 2018, the Memorandum of Cooperation between Ukraine and the International Maritime Organization concerning participation in the IMO Member State Audit Scheme has been signed at the IMO headquarters. This event opened the way for the audit and further cooperation between Ukraine and the International Maritime Organization in the field of improving the national regulatory and legal framework of Ukraine and bringing our country closer to the highest international standards in the field of merchant shipping.

Ukraine has pass a long way of preparation for the IMO audit. So, in December 2015 representatives of the International Maritime Organization visit Ukraine to provide technical assistance in preparation for this audit. They examined the situation with the implementation of IMO mandatory instruments in Ukraine and sent their report with priority measures recommendations.

Since December 2015, a number of national and departmental regulatory and legal acts have been developed and adopted to ensure the implementation of the IMO International Conventions to which Ukraine has acceded.

In 2017, Ukraine joined the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships of 1989 and International Convention on Salvage of 1989.

According to the recommendations of the IMO Mission, in 2015 a new central government agency was established – the State Maritime and River Transport Service of Ukraine (Maritime Administration) that will start its work from August 1, 2018 and will implement the government policies in the spheres of marine and river transport, merchant shipping, inland water transport, navigation and hydrographic support of navigation, as well as in the field of safety in maritime and river transport taking into account the results of the audit, which is beginning today.

We have implemented the measures provided for in resolution A.1067 (28), Framework and Procedures for the IMO Member State Audit Scheme, to prepare for the IMO audit.

On May 18, 2018, the Memorandum of Cooperation between Ukraine and the International Maritime Organization concerning participation in the IMO Member State Audit Scheme has been signed at the IMO headquarters. This event opened the way for the audit and further cooperation between Ukraine and the International Maritime Organization in the field of improving the national regulatory and legal framework of Ukraine and bringing our country closer to the highest international standards in the field of merchant shipping.

In preparation for the audit, the primary objective was to bring Ukraine closer to the standards in the field of maritime safety and protection of the marine environment defined in the international IMO conventions to which Ukraine is a party, as well as in the IMO Instrument Implementation Code (resolution A.1070 (28)) and Framework and Procedures for the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (resolution A.1067 (28)) that were signed by IMO members on 04.12.2013 at the 28th Session of the IMO Assembly and are mandatory for implementation by IMO member states.

In order to form the basis of sustainable development of Ukraine as a state that seeks to meet the highest world standards in the field of maritime safety and protection of the marine environment, we have developed and adopted the Strategic Directions for the implementation of Ukraine's international obligations in the field of maritime safety and environmental protection against pollution and implementation of mandatory IMO instruments for the period up to 2022. On June 6, 2018, at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Government instructed the ministries and other central executive agencies of the government, which are responsible for fulfillment of Ukraine's international obligations as a port state, flag state and coastal state to ensure the implementation of these Strategic Directions.

Preparation for the mandatory audit allowed us once again to analyze the completeness of implementation and quality of fulfillment of relevant international mandatory documents of the IMO and revise national legal and regulatory documents for the efficient performance of Ukraine's obligations and commitments as a flag State, port state and coastal state.



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